First, I am very curious about why there is such a large sudden uptick of obviously homework questions. Is it just that the site is growing and so we are starting to see them now, or is there some reason there has been such a large increase in the past few days?
Second, is there a community consensus on how to respond to them?
My initial reaction is that I am fine with homework questions that are phrased well and respectfully, and where some effort has been put in to make it general or to provide an answer. But where they provide a data set and ask for the community to flat out give them the answer, I find that really irksome. I know I can hide them easily, but there is something to be said for keeping this a community centered on database professionals and people making serious efforts to understand the concepts to become professionals.